Woman Loses 155lbs To Get ‘Revenge Body’ After She’s Rejected on a Date
Single Heather Florda had been looking forward to meeting her date after the two met online, but felt humiliated just minutes after they met.
Floda cried hysterically the entire way home after being told by her date that he didn't like plus-size women.
While the comment was hard to swallow, it was a step in the right direction for Floda, who weighed 352 pounds at the time, as she vowed never to eat fast food again.
Now, four years later, Floda has shed her bad eating habits and weighs 197 pounds.
The bartender from Pensacola, Florida told Weekly newspaper About her heartbreaking moment on a first date in May 2019.
She said: “I don't have any full body pictures on my dating app profile because I don't like taking pictures. I'm embarrassed and only take selfies because I'm disgusted with myself.
“So when I finally met the guy in person, he didn't like what he saw. He politely told me he wasn't interested in girls my age. I got in the car and burst into tears. I remember crying All the way home. I was embarrassed, upset and sad.
“The next day, I decided to start my life over. I was 21 and never had a boyfriend. I wanted to experience love.”
Floda turned a negative experience into a positive one and started walking. She also stopped ordering takeout and started learning to cook, something she had been putting off for years.
She said she used to consume 4,000 calories a day.
“I've always been overweight, and I used to comfort myself with food,” she said. “Nothing else matters when I'm eating; it makes me happy. I used to make a living off takeaway because I couldn't cook, but I'd never buy just one meal to feed at least two people.”
“A typical Mexican order is chicken fajitas with a tortilla, chunky cheese dip and guacamole, an extra bag of chips, and a four-cheese enchilada. About $300 spent on food.”
A typical day for Heather Florda before she loses weight
Breakfast – McDonald's – a big breakfast with hot cakes, sausage eggs and cheese McGrill and a large Coke
Lunch – Mexican Takeout – Chicken Fajitas with Tacos, Big Cheese Dip & Guacamole, Extra Bag of Chips, Four Cheese Enchiladas
Dinner – Family Pack Frozen Lasagne
Snacks – a pack of Oreos, a family pack of Doritos
A Typical Day by Heather Florda
Breakfast – 1 cup egg white, fruit, nonfat Greek yogurt
Lunch – brown rice or potatoes with chicken
Dinner – Chicken, Broccoli and Plain Pasta
Snack – a low-calorie ice cream stick or a handful of orange slices
“I don't have a social life, I don't have friends, I'm alone”
Floda's No. 26 frame sent her self-esteem to an all-time low. She lacks self-confidence and finds herself turning into a recluse. She shuns social situations and avoids looking in mirrors at all costs.
“I've been bullied for most of my life because of my weight,” she said. “My skin got thicker, but that didn't stop the comments from affecting my self-esteem. I didn't have the most important social life. I didn't have friends, I was just alone.”
Floda now works out for three hours five times a week. She is preparing for a bodybuilding competition to be held this summer.
“First I started walking and I started losing weight,” she says. “I lost 14 lbs in one month and that motivated me to keep going. I got my revenge body and I couldn't be more proud of the progress I've made. Now I can't stop looking in the mirror, it sounds awful but I love my body.”
Why do people treat you differently after losing weight?
Research shows that both men and women prefer a slimmer physique. In 2015, more than 1,300 people from the UK and nine other countries took part in the study, carried out by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
Participants were shown 21 pictures of women of varying degrees of obesity, and it turned out that the thin pictures were the most popular. When obesity exceeds this value, they become less attractive.
Subjects were also asked questions, and it turned out that thinness in women matched youth and maximum fertility, as well as a lower risk of disease.
“A traumatic event, such as a breakup, often triggers a desire to lose weight”
Weekly newspaper Contacted Everflex Fitness founder Michael Hamlin, who has been a personal trainer for over 15 years.
“A traumatic event such as a breakup can trigger a desire in some people to lose weight,” Hamlin said. “It's very common to see someone in the gym who has recently broken up. Being looked down upon by others is a very powerful motivator in the beginning. Over time It's emotionally unhealthy to maintain this momentum, though. The question for everyone is whether they can later shift their mindset to a healthy one that brings sustainable change to them.
“Breakups can bring you ‘back to reality' and make you realize that your body shape is not what you or your partner would like it to be. For these people, the key is to be able to maintain these exercise habits and transition into learning more knowledge about a healthy lifestyle so they can start exercising for health reasons and not ‘revenge reasons'.”